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Test Code LDL LDL CHOLESTEROL

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Test subject to Medicare National Coverage Determination (NCD).

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Performing Laboratory

Porter Hospital Laboratory

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Blood
Container/Tube: Tiger top, serum gel
Also Acceptable: Green top (Lithium Heparin)
Specimen Volume: Full tube, submit 0.4 mL serum
Specimen Minimum Volume: 0.35 mL
Collection Instructions:
1. Send specimen in original tube.
2. If there is a delay in transport of >1 hour, centrifuge tube.
3. Centrifuged samples are stable for 72 hours @ at 2-8 °C

Specimen Transport Temperature

Refrigerated

Days Performed

Daily

Test Classification and CPT Coding

83721

Normal Reference Values

INTERPRETATION (NCEP GUIDELINES) > 16 years old
Optimal: <100 mg/dL
Low Risk: 100-129 mg/dL
Borderline High: 130-159 mg/dL
High: 160-189 mg/dL
Very High: >/= 190 mg/dL

Critical Values

None